Society & Solitude #1
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 6.81%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
315
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  43
Gots
  15
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-06-11 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can dated 2018-05-07 with a drink by date of 2018-06-18.

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1-finger white head that sticks around leaving good lace.

S - Orange and pineapple flesh, gooey hop bud (fresh and moderately dank), grassy/vegetal, cracker.

T - Nice combination of fresh orange flesh and zest, crushed fresh hop buds, cracker/biscuit, touch of pine, earthy/dank spice. Alcohol sweetness and mild heat, which works nicely in this beer. Mild-moderately bitter, which doesn't linger too long. Nice.

M - Medium-full body and light-medium carbonation. Starts sweet and dries out nicely.

O - Quite enjoyable brew straddling the NEIPA (60%) and West Coast IPA (40%) styles with a clear emphasis on orange aroma and flavor. Good stuff.

Jun 11, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 5/25/18

A: Tangerine gold - hazy, not turbid - pours from growler with a medium sized, slightly off-white head, fades to a wispy cap and retains a medium sized collar, leaves webs of lacing

S: Floral citrus for days - Cascade hops, in all their glory - orange and grapefruit flesh, zest, tons of floral notes - hop pellets and hop cones - some resinous notes, soft pine, slightly dank - hoppy, though not as hop-forward as many of the S&S beers - some pale malts, touch of grain

T: Easy drinking, insanely so for a DIPA - soft yet juicy citrus, with tangerine, orange, and grapefruit - citrus flesh, zest, and lots of floral citrus - leafy hops - soft pine notes, some resin, some notes of spice - some woodsy notes - pale malts, pale grain, finishes clean, absolutely no hints this is above 5% ABV

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, very clean, some lingering hops in the finish

O: Any series needs to start somewhere

The past Society & Solitude beers I have sampled have involved more modern, trendy (i.e., tropical fruit juice) hops. Cascade is legendary, but the idea of a DIPA hopped only with Cascade does not really make sense. Who else but Hill Farmstead could pull it off?

May 26, 2018
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery. Not my favorite S&S, but still a remarkable double IPA. This is proof that you don't need hyped hops to make an incredible hoppy beer (you don't see many single hop Cascade beers on the ISO forum). Trademark Hill balance and softness. Pretty close to perfection.

May 21, 2018
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy yellow gold with a half finger of quickly disapating head that laces all the way down. Faint citrus aroma with matching taste...mostly tangerine. Smooth feel with nice tingle at the ebd. Nice !!!

Dec 11, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Arrogant Swine, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—tangerines seem to stand out in particular.
T: Following the smell, the taste has flavors of tangerine citrus and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer is very easy to drink for an Imperial IPA as the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

Dec 06, 2015
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Gatch from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. My initial excitement was quickly replaced with disappointment. A very underwhelming brew. Still very good, but seemed very one-dimensional and had some strange raw meat aromas and metallic flavors. I had a glass of What Is Enlightenment? beforehand which was much, much better. I've had many other S&S versions and this one just doesn't seem to be on the same level. Oh well.

Dec 04, 2015
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Dopen993 from Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Armsby Abbey.

Pours a light hazy yellow with nice finger of foam. Great lacing.
Some floral hops upfront with a good amount of orange and citrus on the nose.
Hops again up front but lots of fruit follow through quickly, not a juice bomb, but a well done I PA

Nov 23, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a little darker than the standard hf ipa. Medium amber with the standard heavy haze and a tight white head. Nose has an assertive spice, oily hop, notes of citrus, moderate earthiness malt balance. Taste has a fair bit of the grain bill right up front, earthy malt, citrus comes in and gets a touch oily in the hop flavor. Spice lingers around the finish. Citrus and a hint of floral hop give an added punch as it warms. Body is light, really soft feel, moderate carb, dry but still a long finish.

Nov 14, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler filled yesterday.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a very tall, very frothy off-white head. Great head retention and heavy sheets of lacing everywhere.

S: Very flowery. Almost like lavender. Some orange blossom when swirled.

T: Sweet candied oranges up front. Lots of that lavender mixing in, especially in the middle. Bready malt stands out pretty well. More flowery hops rounding it out and lingering forever. A bit resinous and surprisingly a bit boozy to boot. Get a hint of pine in between sips sometimes.

M: Medium bodied, lightly harsh aftertaste.

O: Very floral IPA for sure. At times I envisioned drinking soap. Tasty but a little bit unbalanced and I'm not a huge fan of the floral hops usually so I scored this one in line with that.

Nov 08, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting better from Hill Farmstead, some lemon, good deal of wheat. Nice hops but HF is usually better. Maybe some orange and grapefruit. There are better HF IPAs out there.

Oct 21, 2015
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garyloveman from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden straw, not much of a head from the tap. Not much on the nose, slightly sweet, citrusy. Taste is biscuit, pepper, citrus. A little boozy in my opinion. Decent lighter carbonation, substantial bite mouthfeel.

Aug 29, 2015
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Mini4x from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On growler from the brewery, after waiting in line for 3 hours and dropping about $200, this is the prixe I received, not sure I'm that happy about it, great IPA but not as great as some of their other offerings.

Aug 24, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap at Abbey

Big foamy 1+ finger creamy rich head fades slowly with tons of layered thick lacing, murky golden honey color.

Nose juicy hops, citrus orange, tangerine, little mango rind, hint of resinous musty passion fruit, melon rind, tropical fruit must and citrus pith, with hint of toasted grainy malt.

Taste starts with a mild sweet malt, candy toasted malt, mild sweetness with a hint of booze tickle. Then big hops, more bitter than I expected, spicy notes, big orange rind and pith, some musty dank hop notes, big candied fruit candied apricot and orange peel, hint passion fruit guava thing. Finish is a bit sticky, mild dry, hint of booze, quite bitter, lingering candied apricot orange peel thing and nice mild resin and spicy like hops, long lingering bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall decent, other ones are better, bit too much malt sweet candy profile, too bitter and sticky feeling, but still enjoyable.

Aug 15, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers grapefruit, floral, spicy, a biscuity malt in the middle. The finish comes with grapefruit peel, a good drying with some piney bitterness.

A really wonderful showcasing of the possibilities of Cascade and an underrated Society & Solitude.

Aug 12, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Mad Taco.

Golden small orange to deep yellow body, quite opaque not totally though, with a rising creamy one finger head. Excellent spotted and cascading sheets of lace while drinking, and some minimal carbonation. Very nice looking IPA.

Aroma doesn't deliver much, but some light sweet biscuit and soft hop. Very indistinct, really cant pinpoint or determine and angle, slightly floral but very small if hardly noticeable. Decent but burried.

Palate finally awakens with much grandeur. Litteraly liquid hop juice with big notes of pine and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel follows big and bold, with great juicy tones, treacle like syrup feel which also seems to accent some sweetness on the palate really nicely. Very clean finish, and lingering hop controlled bitterness on the aftertaste.

Another very solid IPA from Hill Farmstead. Quite a surprise thought this was going to be a dud, but hardly is for me.

Aug 08, 2015
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AlpacaAlpaca from New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one was a bit stickier, sweeter, and with more of a thick humidity of tropical citrus and orange than any other Hill Farmstead beer I've had. Definitely a departure, but they nailed it.

Aug 03, 2015
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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few HF beers, especially hoppy beers that disappointed me. Had it very fresh, but there was a significant lack of hoppy smell or taste. Perhaps it is that I don't care for Cascade hops.

Aug 02, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/1/2015 at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of grapefruit and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent 2IPA to pound down for a long time.

Aug 01, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color. Hazy in appearance. Piney, lemony, resinous, dry and a bit earthy. Classic Hill cracker malt backbone. Creamy feel. This is delicious, but slightly below all the other S&Ss.

Jul 30, 2015
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap poured

Opaque yellow orange, white foam ring

Aroma of citrus , grass and tangerine

Taste of citrus , peppery . Pine on the tip of the tongue

Lingering hop aftertaste

Nice beer

Jul 25, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured a pale orange color. Medium sized head. Aroma is perhaps the most concentrated amount of Cascade hops I have ever come across. A pungent mixture of pine, florals, citrus and grass. Über-West Coast hop profile that is much different than most of Hill's hoppy beers. First sip is a knife chop of Cascade delivered directly to my throat. Pine, grass, grapefruit and flowers. That pale, doughy Hill Farmstead malt again and again supports all those hops. Powerful flavor. Resinous feel. Resins! Fuller bodied. My third Spciety & Solitude. My least favorite but you can tell the craftsmanship is there.

Jul 19, 2015
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winningwes91 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler. Pours a gorgeous hazy light orange color that radiates like the sum. Smells so damn juicy and hoppy. Peaches, oranges, malt sweetness and hops. Taste follows suit. Holy damn. This is top 3 ipas next to julius and focal banger. Like a hoppy fruit gusher. Taste explodes on the palate of orange, pineapple, peaches, hops and a sweet bready malt. So dangerous for the abv. Just creamy and juicy. Perfect ipa.

Jul 18, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Pretty sure I had this before, but got to sample the latest batch the other day. Golden pour, mostly clear, with a thin white head. Fruity aroma, citrus mainly, straw, grassy, sweet grains. Oily hop resin in the taste--citrus, pine, perfume--strong malt base, with a neutral alcohol zing. Not as crisp as other HF offerings, somewhat sticky. About right for a typical DIPA, but just not one of my favorites from "the Hill."

Jul 17, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Dive bar.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a semi clear golden hue with a fat white blanket that fades to leave super dense lacing.

S - Aromas of nice soft floral, nice faint citrus, light malts. Faint lemons.

T - Taste is bitter oranges, little bit of pine, faint malts. Finish is nicely bitter, little grassy floral notes too. Not getting any alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, nice cascade notes, however, I prefer single hop cascade to this by far.

Serving type: on tap

Jul 15, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear medium orange color with a rocky cream colored head, and mellow carbonation.

S - Spicy citrus rind, oranges, papaya, guava, pineapple, light floral perfume.

T - Light floral perfume, oranges, juicy ruby grapefruit and spicy tropical fruit with a spicy tropical fruit rind and peppery finish.

M - Medium body with smooth carbonation.

O - Would love to have this one in my fridge year around.

Mar 18, 2014
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